March 18, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Junior southpaw Matt Farrington struck out seven to lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-0 win over Memphis in the opener of a Conference USA series Friday at Nat Buring Stadium.
A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Farrington won his career-best fourth straight game and improved to 4-0 in 2005. With his first career shutout, he has now allowed only one run in his last 20.1 innings and dropped his season ERA to a team-best 1.95 mark
Farrington scattered four hits over nine innings and allowed only one baserunner to reach second base in facing three batters over the minimum.
Meanwhile, the Cougar offense erupted for 12 hits, rapping out three runs in the first two and last two innings. Sophomore outfielder Jake Stewart went 3-for-5 with a run and RBI, and Brad Lincoln basted 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Junior outfielder Travis Tully went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and added his team-leading third home run of the season late.
Memphis starter Stephen Gostkowski dropped to 1-3 after allowing four runs off eight hits with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work.
Adam Amar went 2-for-3 to account for half of the Tigers' hit total. He was the only Memphis batter with more than one hit in the game.
The series continues at 2 p.m., Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday. Both games can be heard live on KGBC 1540 AM with former Cougar letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. In addition, fans can follow the action by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cougars struck for their first runs in their first at bat. Travis Tully laced a double off the wall in left center and moved up a base on Kevin Roberts single through the right side of the infield. Brad Lincoln then blasted a double to deep center field to plate both runners and give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.
UH extended its lead one inning later. Brett Logan drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a groundout before Jake Stewart slapped an RBI-double down the right field line to score.
The score remained that way until the eighth inning when the Cougars struck for another run. Dustin Kingsbury reached on a one-out, infield single and moved all the way to third base on Kori Williams' double to left center. Brett Logan then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to score Kingsbury and give the Cougars a 4-0 lead.
In the ninth inning, Stewart laced a leadoff single to center field and eventually came around to score when Tully blasted a towering shot over the center field wall.